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2018 Holden Commodore VXR: Opel, Buick cousins revealed

Forming part of a timed global unveiling for all three brands, new Opel and Buick-badged versions of the car we’ll see as the 2018 Holden Commodore VXR have been revealed today.

Identical to the Holden-badged car revealed earlier today, these new Opel Insignia GSi and Buick Regal GS performance models will go on sale in Europe and the US respectively.

A Chinese debut for the Buick could also be on the cards, and, as always, the Insignia will wear a Vauxhall badge in the UK.

The Buick Regal GS will be powered by the same 235kW/381Nm 3.6-litre six that will drive the Commodore VXR, but the Opel Insignia GSi will instead get a 195kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo four, matched to an eight-speed auto instead of the nine-speed shifter that we’ll see.

Opel says that despite the Insignia GSi being less powerful than the Insignia OPC/VXR it replaces – at least for now – the new car’s 160kg lighter construction makes it quicker around the Nürburgring-Nordschleife than the 2.8-litre turbo V6 car it replaces. By how much, though, the company hasn’t said.

“It is this combination of low weight – especially on the front axle – low center of gravity, easy handling, high power over a wide rpm-band and best traction which makes the GSi so fast” says an enthusiastic Strycek. “That is pure efficiency. The high grip level is perfect for the Nordschleife and a fun-to-drive as well as safety advantage on public roads.”

The use of the GSi badge for the Insignia could also leave the door open to a more powerful OPC/VXR flagship, although Opel hasn’t offered any word on that potential just yet.

For more on the new 2018 Holden Commodore VXR, see our story here. Click through to our photo gallery for more images of the Insignia GSi and Regal GS.

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